Playing sports and games, looking at the whiteboard in school, or exploring the world around them; your child uses their eyes in ways you probably don’t even realize. In fact, your child’s eyes play an essential role in their overall development.
Children learn how to use their eyes just like they learn how to walk and talk. And since 80% of all learning is visual, if your child experiences a vision problem, they can experience developmental delays.
You can help avoid issues associated with vision problems by scheduling your child for regular eye exams. Early diagnosis and treatment are the best way of reducing the impact of childhood eye conditions on your child’s development. Our team at Golden Triangle Optometric Center is dedicated to protecting your child’s vision for life. Call us today to schedule an appointment, and let us teach your child how to love their eyes!
The American Optometric Association recommends that children undergo an eye exam at their major visual milestones to monitor their eyes as they continuously grow and change. However, every child is different with their own unique visual needs, so we may suggest a different schedule based on our findings.
Until we get to know your child’s eyes, though, we recommend the following schedule:
Children should have an eye exam every year once they’re in school. Every year, school tasks and sports become more visually demanding, taxing your child’s eyes more and more. Annual eye exams can help ensure your child’s eyes are performing their best.
Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness. Those who are nearsighted have good near vision but poor distance vision.
Myopia isn’t an eye disease but an error in the way the eyes refract (refract) light. It’s a common condition, affecting nearly 30% of Americans, and generally begins developing in school-aged children between ages 6 and 12. However, younger children (6 to 8) with myopia are at an increased risk of developing high myopia.
Check out our myopia control page to learn more about this refractive error and common ways to control it.
Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is the lack of development of vision in one eye. It’s often associated with crossed eyes (strabismus) or a large degree of difference between the vision of both eyes. Amblyopia usually develops before age 6 and can’t be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Children won’t grow out of amblyopia and may experience lifelong vision problems if this condition is left untreated. Treatment focuses on retraining the brain to encourage it to use the weaker eye. This can occur through vision therapy, eye patches, prisms, or corrective lenses.
Strabismus, or crossed eyes, occurs when poor eye muscle development prevents the eyes from looking at the same place at the same time. This can cause one or both eyes to turn in, out, up, or down and can lead to double vision and poor depth perception. If left untreated, strabismus can lead to poor vision in the turned eye.
Strabismus can develop in infants, older children, and adults, but most often occurs in children by age 3. Like amblyopia, children can’t outgrow strabismus, and this condition will just get worse without treatment.